18 Vegan Appetizers Anyone Will Enjoy

Get appy! Try these crowd-pleasing bites, taken from a few of our favorite blogs.

Compiled by Perri O. Blumberg
Vegan Yum Yum

Vegan Vegetable Tempura

This vegan appetizer recipe from Vegan Yum Yum will make you wonder why other tempuras were shrimply irresistible. Snow peas, carrots, and broccoli work especially well here, but try what you like.

Sunday Morning Pancakes

Vegan Quinoa Spinach Bites with Gingered Orange Honey Dipping Sauce

Bean there, dunked that? Blog Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes takes trendy quinoa and rolls it into a finger-friendly treat.

Eating Made Easy Amelia Winslow

Three Color Hummus

You say hummus, we say yummus. Blog Eating Made Easy creates a pretty trifecta: classic, green (herbs and spinach) and red (sun-dried tomatoes).

The Curvy Carrot Shannon Lacy

Thai Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Slim dunk: Blog The Curvy Carrot rolls up veggie-packed apps made for a bowl of tangy peanut sauce. Rice noodles (very thin, practically thread-like strands) can be found often in the Asian food aisle at most supermarkets.

Tori Avey

Spring Pea Guacamole

Dip, dip, hooray! A classic hit at casual parties, blogger Tori Avey slips frozen or fresh green peas into a simple guac recipe.

oh my veggies

Polenta Fries

For a fry without the fryer, try baked polenta fries from the blog Oh My Veggies. Light and crispy, you can dunk them in a homemade garlic-y tomato sauce, or just pop open a jar of marinara.

Lunch Box Brunch

Fried Risotto Balls

Call these tasty poppers by their classic Italian name, arancini, if you're feelin' fancy. Here, blog Lunch Box Bunch coats leftover risotto in bread crumbs and nutritional yeast.

Sunday Morning Pancakes

Cucumber and Zucchini Summer Salsa

Skinny dip your way through this vegan salsa from blog Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes with a big bowl of whole-grain pita chips. Great for summer when the cukes and zukes arrive.

Fat Free Vegan

Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Nacho Cheese

These morsels from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen hit the same appetizer notes as buffalo chicken wings, but with a vegan tune.

The Brazen Kitchen

Chickpea Fries

Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside chickpea fries from blog Brazen Kitchen make for a filling vegan appetizer. Try adding curry powder and chili mayo to the mix for an additional kick.

Choosing Raw

Vegan Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Blog Choosing Raw's macho nacho dip layers smooth artichoke and spinach with mozzarella-style shreds and a rich cashew cream sauce, then tops the dish with nutty breadcrumbs.

Olives for Dinner

Vegan Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Skewers

You'll be a non-dairy queen with this vegan appetizer recipe from blog Olives for Dinner: homemade cheese gets skewered caprese-style with basil and cherry tomatoes.

That Was Vegan, Barbara Musick

Vegan Garlicky-Pepper Tofu Bites with Chili Dipping Sauce

This spicy vegan appetizer from That Was Vegan uses on-hand pantry items like soy sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and lemon juice.

Olives for Dinner

Onion Rings with Thai Dipping Sauce

Golden brown onions from the blog Olives for Dinner get tongue Thai'd with an Asian-inspired, five-ingredient dipping sauce: water, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and red chile pepper flakes.

Lunch Box Brunch

Triple-Stacked Vegan Quesadilla

Vegan quesadillas from Lunch Box Bunch ooze with vegan sausage and cheese, plus mushrooms and cabbage slaw.

86 Lemons

Vegan Mushroom Crostini with Rosemary Lemon Cashew Cream

Vegan appetizer of champignons: Blog 86 Lemons calls for dried porcini mushrooms, but use whatever shrooms are at the market to top the velvety lemon-cashew spread.

Downtown Epicure, Megan Huylo

Tofu Tempura with Vegan Wasabi Aioli

Blog Downtown Epicure transforms a block of tofu and some Asian pantry staples into an impressive vegan appetizer.

That Was Vegan, Barbara Musick

Vegan Cranberry Tofu Lettuce Cups

Like Thanksgiving side dishes in a bite, That Was Vegan scoops colorful tofu, mushrooms, carrots, and cranberries into lettuce leaves.

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